SYEDA: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association - SYEDA will be holding a number of awareness and fund raising events.

As part of the event on Friday, 26 February 2016 at 7.30pm I am delighted that I have been invited to be on a panel discussion with Q&A’s. 

Members of the panel are Chris Hood (CEO—Syeda), 
Maggie Young (Sheffield Eating Disorders Service) and
Leigh de Vries (International Artist).

South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association is a regional charity that supports anyone affected by an eating disorder and their carers.

Tickets on sale for Private View @PlungeTheatre 26th February for Eating Disorders Awareness Week 

How to use the Arts to Engage Young People with Museums

This looks set to be an inspiring two day touring event looking at how museums could use art and artists to engage young people with their collections. Artist Leigh de Vries will open the event with her most recent work ‘My Broken Reality’ a video installation with follow up workshops and talks.

Leigh was supported by Grants for the Arts funding working with the Old Market Street Gallery, Rotherham “Exposure – The Broken Reality Tunnel of BDD” worked with groups of young people. 110 young people attended with 80 hours of engagement. “The success of the delivery of the piece was centred around public engagement and youth outreach programme and this was developed and delivered through participation, dialogue and the immersive experience”.

Other elements of the day are digital engagement, Arts Award and FE discussions around work placement and apprenticeships.

To book your ticket for the event please go here

How can the arts support Health and Wellbeing?

Museum Development Yorkshire and Arts Council England invited Leigh de Vries to talk about the project ‘Exposure: My Broken Reality’ around the topic of ‘The Cultural Prescription – How can the arts support Health and Wellbeing?’ at The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York on the 16th November.

The day revolved around questions like:
In a time of change, how can the arts support the Health and Wellbeing agenda? 
Can culture feed both body and soul, and if so, how?

The new National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing set the context within museums, illustrate current practice and explain future opportunities and events planned for 2016.

The day also included best practice examples from York Teaching Hospital, Leeds Museums and Galleries and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, to stimulate and inspire. With particular focus on identifying and understanding funding opportunities. Subjects covered included how Cultural Commissioning can support Wellbeing projects, with a practical workshop in the afternoon focusing on Grants for the Arts, from both the funder and artist’s perspective.

Museum Development Yorkshire and Arts Council England have developed this event to combine expert overview with practical activities.

Brave Young Kayley Raises Awareness For BDD By Shaving Her Head

A very brave Kayley, a young girl living in Rotherham who suffers with BDD, shaved her head to raise awareness around the disorder.

“I shaved my head to raise money for the BDD foundation, and although I haven't managed to gather it all yet. I already feel proud. I'll admit, I am young, and my self esteem isn't the best, which is why I feel so happy about this whole process; even overcoming negative comments. My self esteem is the reason I did this, it's a cause close to my heart, even if not as extreme.  I'm so happy, and hopefully, the money I've raised can make other people a little happier.  In the future, I just hope to raise more awareness.”

The BDD Foundation to Feature ‘Exposure’ At London Conference.

The BDD Foundation will be hosting their first ever conference aimed exclusively at people with BDD and their families.

We are very proud to include the short film by Leigh de Vries ‘Exposure’. 

The conference will take place on 30th May 2015 and will be hosted at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H OXG from 9 am to 5 pm.

For more info go here